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  • Friday, March 7, 2014

Performers appearing at the Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival


Every Friday while driving to work, I listen to StoryCorps on NPR. StoryCorps gives Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. These stories are available on the Library of Congress website as one of the special projects at the American Folklife Center.

Storytelling and oral history are, of course, not new phenomena. For instance, Scheherazade kept the sultan pleased with stories for one thousand and one nights in a row until he decided to spare her life; court jesters would entertain their masters and guests with stories about a knight's heroic deeds or a fair maiden's beauty; troubadours would use songs to spread the word while traveling from one place to another; and the Brothers Grimm were able to collect and record folk stories, which resulted in their famous book (“Grimm's Fairy Tales”), by listening to local villagers narrating stories often passed down from one generation to the other.

I have attended a few storytelling gatherings myself; I must say I loved every moment. The storytellers were able to engage their audiences not only by words and the way they were dressed, but also with their expressive body language.

If you have not had the opportunity to experience this very special art form, “Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival,” organized by the Charleston County Public Library, is the event to attend. On March 14-15 at Wragg Square in downtown Charleston, some of the best national, regional and local storytellers will perform under the moss-draped oaks.

The national and regional names include Donald Davis, Tim Lowry, Dovie Thomason and Diane Ferlatte. Donald and Tim will entertain you with tales learned from folks in the Appalachian Mountains; Dovie will tap into her Native American background to mesmerize you with her “Stories of the First Nation”; and Diane, who was steeped in the oral tradition as a youngster in Louisiana and has traveled the world with her “Have I Got a Story to Tell” performances, will wow you with her tales. Linda Stout, Carolyn “Jabulile” White and Becky's Box of Puppets will represent the local side of the festival.

Although Charleston Tells mainly caters to adults (for example, some of the ghost stories to be presented on Saturday evening can be very scary), there will be many activities and programs the whole family can enjoy. For more information, and to buy tickets, please visit www.ccpl.org.

Upcoming programs at Mount Pleasant Regional:

AARP Tax Assistance (free)

Fridays, March 7 and 14, 1-5 p.m.

Mondays, March 10 and 17, 1-5 p.m.

A current picture ID and Social Security card are required, along with Social Security cards of any dependents. Priority will be given to senior citizens.

Good Posture for Kids

Tuesday, March 4, 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Cynthia D'Amelio will read “Pete the Posture Parrot” by Marvin Arnsdorff, to focus on the importance of backpack safety.

Mount Pleasant Reel Club

Wednesday, March 5, 2 p.m.

Book: “Admission” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Movie: “Admission.” Rated PG-13; 107 minutes.

Great Decisions (adults)

Thursday, March 6, 2-4 p.m. - “China's Foreign Policy”

Wednesday, March 12, 4-6 p.m. - “Turkey's Challenges”

Thursday, March 13, 2-4 p.m. - “U.S. Trade Policy

For more information, call the Reference Desk at 843-849-6161 or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Second Saturday Writing Critique Group (ages 16 and older)

Saturday, March 8, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Open to all writers. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 843-849-6161 or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Monday Book Discussion (adults)

Monday, March 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“Necessary Lies” by Diane Chamberlain

Storytimes (no registration necessary):

Baby Bumblebees Storytime (ages 6-24 months with a caregiver)

Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 10 a.m.

Twos & Threes Storytime (ages 2–3 years with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, March 11, 18 and 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Fours & Fives Storytime (ages 4–5 years)

Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday Storytime (intended for ages 2–6 years, though all ages are welcome to attend)

Saturdays, March 8, 22 and 29 at 11 a.m.

Mirjam Veldkamp is the Young Adult Specialist at Mount Pleasant Regional Library located at 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. For information call 843-849-6161 or visit www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org, like us on Facebook. Email MTPReference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the programs being held each month at Mount Pleasant Regional.

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